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Otsego 2000

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, OCT. 8
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, OCT. 8

Classic Tractors On The Farm

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TRACTOR FEST – 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Learn all about tractors and the ways they have been used on farms in NYS. A fun way to learn about the advance of agricultural technology. The Farmers Museum, Cooperstown. www.farmersmuseum.org/Tractor-Fest

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS – 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Meet 50 non-profit groups, learn what resources are available in our community. Bring donations of canned goods, coats, shoes, hygiene supplies for local elementary students to enter raffle. Southside Mall, Oneonta. Call 607-267-1807 or visit www.facebook.com/southsidemall/

Nomination Deadline April 10 For 2017 Preservation Awards

Nomination Deadline April 10

For 2017 Preservation Awards

Leigh Eckmair, Village of Gilbertsville and Town of Butternuts historian, accepts congratulations on receiving Otsego 2000’s Preservation Advocate Award for 2016 last May at a reception at the Roseboom Historical Association.  (Theresa Winchester photo)

COOPERSTOWN – Otsego 2000 is seeking nominations of deserving projects for its 18th annual Historic Preservation Awards for Otsego and Schoharie counties.

Nominations are due be April10 in the following categories:

  • Cornerstone Award For a project that promotes a preservation ethic through the maintenance or repair of a historic home, building or landscape.
  • Renaissance Award For a project that revitalizes a home, building or landscape while keeping or renewing its historic character through substantial rehabilitation or adaptive re-use. Properties receiving this award are not only improved in their own right, but provide benefits to the neighborhood or community.

Otsego 2000 Honors Winners Of Historic Preservation Prizes

Otsego 2000 Honors Winners

Of Historic Preservation Prizes

Leigh Eckmaier, Village of Gilbertsville and Town of Butternuts historian, accepts congratulations on receiving Otsego 2000's Preservation Advocate Award Friday evening at a reception at the Roseboom Historical Association. I accept this award on behalf of a community that for well over 100 years has been struggling to protect a very precious resource and is finally getting some recognition for that effort. A very long parade of truly dedicated individuals have worked tirelessly during that time. A number of the current cast are with us this afternoon because threats never cease coming at us. It’s a priviledge to be part of that effort.
Leigh Eckmair, Village of Gilbertsville and Town of Butternuts historian, accepts congratulations on receiving Otsego 2000’s Preservation Advocate Award Friday evening at a reception at the Roseboom Historical Association.  “I accept this award on behalf of a community that for well over 100 years has been struggling to protect a very precious resource and is finally getting some recognition for that effort,” Eckmair told the gathering.  “A very long parade of truly dedicated individuals have worked tirelessly during that time. A number of the current cast are with us this afternoon because threats never cease coming at us. It’s a privilege to be part of that effort.”  (Teresa Winchester photo)

SEE FULL LIST OF OTSEGO 2000 HONOREES

Leigh Eckmair, 1743 Palatine House Win Otsego 2000 Preservation Honors

Leigh Eckmair, 1743 Palatine House

Win Otsego 2000 Preservation Prizes

Otsego 2000's Preservation Advocate Award will be presented to advocates of the 1743 Palatine House.
Otsego 2000’s Preservation Advocate Award will be presented to advocates of the 1743 Palatine House this evening at the Roseboom Historical Association.
Leigh Eckmair
Leigh Eckmair

ROSEBOOM – Otsego 2000’s 2015 Preservation Advocate Award this evening will be presented to Leigh Eckmair, Town of Butternuts and Village of Gilbertsville historian, for “working tirelessly for more than 25 years to restore and maintain the beauty” of her communities.

The ceremony for Otsego 2000’s Preservation Awards will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. today at the Roseboom Historical Association.

Otsego 2000 Seeks Nomination For 2016 Preservation Awards

Otsego 2000 Seeks Nominees

For 2016 Preservation Awards

Laurie and Charles Shipley's House in Laurens was a 2015 winner.
Laurie and Charles Shipley’s House in Laurens was a 2015 winner.

COOPERSTOWN – Otsego 2000 is accepting nominations for its 2016 Historic Preservation Awards, recognizing efforts in Otsego and Schoharie counties to preserved historic homes, storefronts, commercial and agricultural buildings that contribute to our communities’ sense of place.

The deadline is March 30.  Nomination forms are available at  www.otsego2000.org, by e-mailing director@otsego2000.org, or by calling 547-8881.  Categories include:

  • Cornerstone Award: For a project that promotes a preservation ethic through the maintenance, repair, or adaptive reuse of a historic building or landscape.  Cornerstone projects need not be large in scale; rather they are the foundational projects that preserve historic character and integrity piece by piece.

Julie Huntsman Elected To Otsego 2000 Board

Julie Huntsman Elected To Otsego 2000 Board

COOPERSTOWN – Julie Huntsman of Fly Creek, the veterinarian and former Otsego Town Board member, has been elected to the Otsego 2000 Board of Directors, President Nicole Dillingham announced a few minutes ago.

Huntsman was among the foremost advocates of a fracking ban in last year’s local resistance to the controversial gas-extraction process.

Otsego 2000 Honors Historic Preservation

Otsego 2000 Honors Historic Preservation

Jean Finch, Toddsville, examines the storyboard presenting the Hartwick Historical Association's recent accomplishment at Otsego 2000's Historical Preservation Awards ceremony Friday evening at the Upper Susquehanna Cultural Center, Milford.   The Hartwick society received the 2014 Community Pillar Award.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Jean Finch, Toddsville, examines the storyboard presenting the Hartwick Historical Association’s recent accomplishments at Otsego 2000’s Historical Preservation Awards ceremony Friday evening at the Upper Susquehanna Cultural Center, Milford. The Hartwick society received the 2014 Community Pillar Award. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Dillingham: Middlefield’s Ban Laid Groundwork For State Ban

Dillingham: Middlefield’s Ban

Laid Groundwork For State Ban

Otsego 2000 President Nicole Dillingham, left, and its executive director, Ellen Pope, right, were among local people in Albany last March when the state Court of Appeals appeared sympathetic to anti-fracking arguments. Over the summer, the court upheld the Town of Middlefield's ban, as well as Dryden's.
Otsego 2000 President Nicole Dillingham, left, and its executive director, Ellen Pope, right, were among local people in Albany last March when the state Court of Appeals appeared sympathetic to anti-fracking arguments. Over the summer, the court upheld the Town of Middlefield’s ban, as well as Dryden’s.

COOPERSTOWN – The Town of Middlefield success in banning fracking within its borders played an “important role” in the decision to ban fracking in New York State, Otsego 2000 President Nicole Dillingham said in a statement released a few moments ago.

“It is significant to note that the legal decisions in the Dryden/Middlefield cases played an important role in the analysis,” wrote Dillingham. “In these cases, the New York Court of Appeals upheld the right of local governments to ban fracking based on zoning and police powers.

“As a result, much of New York became unavailable for fracking and the economic benefits to the State or proceeding were greatly diminished.”

270 Sample ‘Local Food, Local Spirits’

270 Sample ‘Local Food, Local Spirits’

Lucy Townsend of L.M. Townsend Catering and the Firehouse Market joins the applause at Otsego 2000's Ellen Pope heralds the success of her organization's second annual "Local Food, Local Spirits" celebration this evening in the Cooperstown Farmers' Market.  The event, moved to the spacious venue after it sold out last year, enticed 270 revellers to pay $35 each to sample locally grown treats.  The favorite vendor, per the voting of the crowd, was Origins Cafe.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Lucy Townsend of L.M. Townsend Catering and the Firehouse Market joins the applause as Otsego 2000’s Ellen Pope heralds the success of her organization’s second annual “Local Food, Local Spirits” celebration this evening in the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market. The event, moved to the spacious venue after it sold out last year, enticed 270 revellers to pay $35 each to sample locally grown treats. The favorite vendor, per the voting of the crowd, was Origins Cafe. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Otsego 2000’s Dillingham Testifies To EPA On Dangers Of Natural Gas

Otsego 2000’s Dillingham Testifies

To EPA On Dangers Of Natural Gas

Dilllingham
Dilllingham

COOPERSTOWN – Nicole Dillingham, Otsego 2000 president, was in Pittsburgh today testifying against a proposed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule that she said ” invites a major conversion to natural gas throughout the country because natural gas.”

“However,” she said, “methane itself is a much more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, and the environmental damage caused by the extraction, processing and waste disposal associated with natural gas use were not even considered by the EPA.”

READ OTSEGO 2000’S TESTIMONY ON NATURAL GAS

 

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